Talk Show Host
Gov. Rod Blagojevich made history in August 2009 when he became the first former elected official facing charges to be named host of his own radio show. The two-hour program aired on WLS radio in Chicago until June 2, 2010 when the station put it on hiatus out of respect for the judicial process. Rod is now a contributor at the station and remains an employee.
The Big 89, WLS-AM is Where Chicago Comes to Talk and that is what Former Ill. Governor Rod Blagojevich is doing. Blagojevich hosted the two hour talk show on WLS (890 AM) from 12noon to 2pm and is currently a contributor.
“The personalities on The Big 89 are compelling, knowledgeable, opinionated and often times, controversial.” said then WLS-AM Program Director Bob Shomper when the station hired the governor. “Former Governor Blagojevich has all of these traits and more. This will be ‘must-listen’ radio.”
Blagojevich filled-in for The Big 89’s Don Wade & Roma morning show earlier in the year.
Since his controversial ousting from office, Blagojevich has become a national celebrity who has appeared on TV news channels and programs such as NBC’s ‘Today’ show, ABC’s ‘The View’ and cable news outlets. He was invited and planned to compete on NBC’s ‘I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here’ reality show this summer. But when he could not go, his wife Patti, the former first lady of Illinois, went in his place. She came in fourth place and was a fan favorite.